In 2003, Uralkali increased the output of all kinds of products. It produced 4,384 million tons of potassium chloride, up 8.4% over the previous year. Compared to 2002 Uralkali produced more products intended for the industrial enterprises of Berezniki: production of enriched carnallite for OAO Avisima and sodium chloride solution for OAO Berezniki Soda Factory went up by 5.4% and 9.4%, respectively.
Uralkali produced 893 thousand tons of granulated potassium chloride, an increase of 39.4% over 2002. It was able to achieve this impressive result by improving the technology, upgrading the main production and ensuring more stable operation of the granulation sections.
In 2003, the Company received no claims with regard to its products. This is the result of the improvement of the quality management system which guarantees the high quality of all processes in the production of fertilizers: transportation, packing and ecological safety.
"4,380 million tons of finished products is a good achievement for our company," says Maxim Bakshinsky, Director of Uralkali. "In 2002, we went over the 4-million mark, for the first time in the past ten years. The results of 2003 have clearly shown that the production is steadily rising. In the coming years we must gradually reach even greater production targets. By 2008 we plan to step up the annual production of potassium fertilizers to 7 million tons. This will lay the basis for the achievement of the main strategic objective of Uralkali - to become a leader on the world potassium market."